About our Training Band
We have about 40 players in our Training Band, from seven years of age upwards. Most join as complete beginners, but some may have started learning elsewhere and joined us to gain experience of playing in a band as well as having the benefit of our group tuition.
Each player has an hour’s session every week, with half the time spent in a small tutor group and the other half playing in the Training Band. All the tuition is provided by our team of volunteer tutors and helpers, which includes a number of players from our Youth Band.
We play in MYBB’s two concerts each year and also appear at a number of local events such as Summer and Christmas Fairs, Garden Parties and Rose Queen festivities. We hold an annual Training Band workshop to widen players’ skills, and take part in contests, including Newcastle under Lyme Music Festival.
Players are ready to fill places in the Junior Band once they have mastered a number of basic skills such as playing a range of notes and rhythms, and also ensemble skills, such as following the conductor and playing together.
Musical Director Liz Wolski
Liz began playing the recorder and piano aged 7. This gave her a first taste of local music competitions and has made her very competitive ever since!
She started playing the French Horn at secondary school and gained a scholarship to have lessons with a member of the BBC Philharmonic.
She studied music at university, learning French Horn with a member of the Halle orchestra. She went on to be a secondary school Music teacher, teaching GCSE and ‘A’ level. She worked at Poynton High School for 12 years, ten of these as Head of Music, before leaving to start a family. She ran a 100 strong Community Choir in Poynton with 3 generations of some families.
She went back to teaching in primary schools on the Wider Opportunities Instrumental Programme as a whole class brass teacher and has worked as a brass peripatetic teacher in several local primary schools. She also worked for the Love Music Trust as an Area Leader.
Her community work has continued through working on Saturdays for the Macclesfield Music Centre where she runs the Advanced Orchestra and a French Horn group.
She currently teaches curriculum music in two primary schools in Wilmslow and can now say that she has taught every age group from pre-school to the retired! She continues to teach brass privately.
Liz began in her role with the band in September 2019, taking over from Liz Hudson who had been musical director of the Training Band since its inception.